EU 'compromise' on file-sharers

The European Parliament and Council will include in its Telecoms Reform Package an entitlement for all broadband customers in all 27 EU states to be put through a “fair and impartial procedure” before being disconnected. The outcome is a compromise agreed after intense lobbying from ISPs in one side and rights holders on the others.

Some members of the Parliament felt nobody should lose their connection until after they had been prosecuted in a court for illegally downloading content. So far it is less than clear exactly what will constitute a “fair and impartial” procedure.

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